Coast Guard/Public Health Service Consultant Report
08/30/2017

Coast Guard/PHS Consultant’s Report

Sarah Arnold MD,MPH
Food and Drug Administration
Sarah.Arnold@fda.hhs.gov

Temporary Grade promotions for this year are posted on the CCMIS  website. Congratulations to all who promoted this year! As you know, promotion to O5 and O6 are competitive in all categories. For medical category this year, the promotion rate was 25% for O5 and 31% for O6. For anyone who  did not promote, I highly recommend seeking mentoring advice. The mentoring subcommittee of the Physician Professional Advisory Committee (PPAC) provides mentors for career and promotion advice. Additional resources can be found in the “Promotions” tab of the CCMIS website, http://ccmis.usphs.gov/ ccmis/.

As you may be aware, VADM Vivek Murthy has stepped down from the position as Surgeon General, and our acting Surgeon General is now RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams. The webpage for the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS has an interesting editorial from Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th  US  Surgeon General, originally published in Military Medicine, regarding political appointment for this Office. The editorial can be found here: http://www.coausphs. org/media/1603/instantadmirals_ militarymedicine_2017.pdf

Prior to VADM Murthy’s departure, he announced that a Memorandum of Agreement was signed to provide the Veterans Administration (VA) with Commissioned Corps officers who will deliver clinical care to veterans in VA hospitals and clinics in underserved communities. The initial agreement is a 5 year commitment with the potential to be extended. A limited number of officers will be selected initially, with preference given to new recruits.

The 52st Annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium was in Chattanooga, TN, on June 6-9th,  and as always, was hosted by the Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health. Over 1000 people attended the annual gathering of PHS officers and state and local health professionals.

Several informative workshops and lectures on a variety of topics were available. Keynotes were delivered by Dr. James Marks, President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Acting Surgeon General; Dr. Erika Lee, Director of Immigration History Center at the University of Minnesota; RADM Ali Kahn (ret), Dean, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health; RADM Anne Schuchat, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and RADM Boris Lushniak (ret), Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Health. The Training Symposium is a wonderful annual event and a great opportunity to meet, network, and socialize with your fellow PHS officers, receive some worthwhile training, and get up to speed with what’s happening in Public Health.

That’s all I have for now. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or issues: Sarah.Arnold@ fda.hhs.gov.